What is a Veterinary Technician?
Are you interested in health care but also have a passion for animals? As a veterinary technician, you work on a team of veterinary professionals to provide healthcare for animals. Using classroom work, labs and clinical experiences, the Veterinary Technology program at GBCC provides you with the academic background and skills needed to work hand in hand with the veterinarian. Graduates are eligible to become credentialed veterinary technicians (VTNE information) and to work in veterinary practices or other veterinary related fields.
Why Great Bay?
- The Veterinary Technology program is well established in both our academics and in the veterinary community.
- The program has maintained full accreditation with the AVMA since 1998.
- Our course offerings change to reflect the profession’s evolution. Veterinary Technology courses are all taught by veterinarians or technicians who have worked and are experienced in the field.
As the field of veterinary medicine becomes increasingly complex, there is a growing need for skilled, educated paraprofessionals who can perform a variety of duties. Veterinary technicians work as a team with veterinarians providing medical, surgical, and laboratory procedures. They offer comprehensive support to clients as well as general healthcare to the animal patient. The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The program provides education in the basic sciences and liberal arts as well as in veterinary technology. Program only starts in the fall semester.
Hands-on experience is obtained during clinical affiliations at local animal hospitals, service- learning sites, and spay/neuter clinics. Transportation to and from the clinical site is the responsibility of the student. Clinical Affiliation experiences may vary in time and in locations including days, evenings, and/or weekends. Students are required to purchase, through the college approved vendor, a scrub top and bottom, and a lab coat in their first semester in the program. Scrubs will be worn in lab courses at the college and during clinical affiliations. Lab coats will be worn in anatomy and clinical pathology lab courses. Veterinary courses including Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of C+ before enrollment in the subsequent semesters, Clinical Affiliations, and to graduate from the program.
The goal of the program is to provide our students with a comprehensive academic foundation emphasizing technical skills, integrity, and professionalism. The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. All veterinary technology courses must be completed within four years of the date of entry to the program. Students admitted to or re-entering the program must meet current requirements necessary for graduation.
Successful completion of this degree program provides students the opportunity to seek employment in veterinary hospitals and other veterinary related fields. Graduates may find jobs in veterinary hospitals, medical laboratories, pet-related industries, zoos, research facilities, and the pharmaceutical industry. They are also eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become certified or licensed. Pass rates for Veterinary Technology Degree recipients can be found below.
Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)
Graduates are eligible to sit for the VTNE to become a credentialed veterinary technician. For more information on the exam click here.
GBCC offers a review course for GBCC graduates and graduates of other accredited vet tech programs to prepare for the VTNE.
Successful completion of this degree program provides students the opportunity to seek employment in veterinary hospitals and other related fields. Graduates most often find jobs in veterinary hospitals but also can find jobs in medical laboratories, pet-related industries, zoos, research facilities, and the pharmaceutical industry. They are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become certified or licensed.
To learn more about potential earnings visit:
- Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
- National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Pass rates for Veterinary Technology Degree recipients, for July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020, are presented below.
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE
Three-year VTNE pass percentage